2012 Southern Architecture Awards – NZ Institute of Architects

Thom residence, Waitati (top). Otago University Union redevelopment.

### ODT Online Sat, 24 Nov 2012
Awards reflect straitened times
By Nigel Benson
Innovation in a difficult economic climate was a feature of winning designs in the 2012 Southern Architecture Awards, announced at Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. Awards were presented for seven Otago projects, ranging from public changing rooms to houses and a hotel. The design of the winning projects reflected the challenging economic conditions in New Zealand, awards convener and Dunedin architect Niko Young said last night. “Even though times are tough, client expectations remain high. This has resulted in innovative architecture produced to lean budgets,” he said. “Architects and clients doing more with less is a theme of the 2012 Southern Architecture Awards. Such an approach often involves the reworking of existing buildings.”
The judging panel comprised Mr Young, University of Otago design for technology department fellow Michael Findlay, Dunedin architect Regan Hall and Auckland architect Nicola Herbst.
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    ### nzherald.co.nz Friday 23 November 2012
    Buyers urged to challenge ‘architect home’ tag
    By Matthew Backhouse
    Home buyers need to challenge estate agents who claim houses are architecturally designed after an”outrageous” ruling that relaxes how properties can be marketed, the architects’ body say. The Real Estate Agents Authority’s disciplinary tribunal has given agents the all-clear to describe houses as being designed by an architect, even if the plans were drafted by someone unregistered with the Registered Architects Board. It said the test was whether the designer had the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out the work.

    “The plain fact is that misrepresenting the designer of a house as an architect is fraudulent and is done to talk up the price of a house in order to enrich the real estate agent and the vendor at the expense of a buyer.”

    The decision sets a precedent at odds with more than two dozen of the authority’s previous rulings, which have stopped agents from falsely advertising homes as architect-designed in order to push up sale prices. But the tribunal also cautioned real estate agents against such misrepresentation.
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